Knowledge gives you the advantage in a competitive job market. More education means more possibilities for you—whether it’s going after the job your want, reinforcing your current job, or switching to a new career. At College of Lake County, the investment is small, but the payoff is bigger than you’d imagine. Median annual earnings in some Associate degree career fields can be as much as $60,000 or $70,000.
You can earn an Associate’s degree at CLC in two years. Cover the latest technical discipline-specific information with full-time instructors solely focused on teaching. Meanwhile you’ll gain important skills like critical thinking and communication that are helpful in any career. Best of all, work-based experience (you already have or new on-the-job training?) is an option in almost all programs.
In a year or less, you could earn a career certificate. These programs give you the foundation for entering a specific field and usually focus on a skill-set specialty. So you can carve a niche and make an impression. Plus, you can apply whatever certificate credits you earn toward a degree. Through articulation agreements, credits from career programs can often transfer to bachelor's degree programs at specific universities. Learn more about transferring AAS credits.
With 40 career preparation programs and more than 100 certificate options, CLC even helps students with degrees enhance their career prospects.
Twelve current College of Lake County students appear in a new TV ad promoting CLC's career programs. The spot was filmed in four CLC labs: automotive collision repair, Cisco networking, mechatronics and surgical technology, to represent CLC programs in service technologies, computer information technology, industrial manufacturing technologies and healthcare.
Do you want a good job with a bright future? I found a college that prepares you for a great career and you can finish in two years or less. A college that’s challenging but affordable; has programs in the hottest career fields, taught by expert, caring instructors in small classes with real-world technology on a campus close to home. Connect to your great future. Right here at College of Lake County.
“CLC offers so much more than cost savings. I’ve received an excellent education that’s a good stepping stone to my goal of becoming a marriage counselor.”
“CLC is such a welcoming environment for international students. Within my first year here, I was helping other international students as a student ambassador.”
“I rediscovered my love of chemistry at CLC. My professor was such a great teacher and passionate about chemistry that it was easy to go to class and learn.”
“CLC has absolutely played a role in changing my educational and career goals. I had space to explore different fields and talk to many knowledgeable people about careers and opportunities.”
“I loved my education courses. The professors bring a lot of experiences into their classrooms, and everything we learn builds from class to class.”
“The nursing skills lab at the Grayslake Campus is great because the equipment is similar to what nurses use on the job. The clinicals were also great hands-on learning experiences, and the CLC instructors have a great relationship with area hospitals and clinics.”
“I have enjoyed all the instructors in the horticulture department, especially their expertise and practical work experiences. All the classes that I have taken are pertinent to my career choice.”
“CLC's field school in Belize was my first official exposure to anthropology in general and archaeology in specific. The college's field study trips are a great way to gain in-depth exposure on a field one might be considering.”
“Really get to know your professors; they are the ones who will write you a letter of recommendation in a few years, so keep in touch with them.”
“The business expertise and management advice from my small business advisor has been extremely helpful from our first meeting and to this day. He has helped me create a clear vision for the future of my company and a detailed action plan to execute it.”
“The automotive technology program has smaller class sizes than at competing schools. That's really important, because it allows more hands-on experience and a better-quality education.”
“College is the best decision I ever made. As a senior at Zion-Benton High School, I received a scholarship to CLC. I thought, “This is an opportunity.””
“The entire Illinois SBDC International Trade Center staff is an invaluable resource – always available, honest and thorough. If there is a subject outside their realm, they have a network of referrals who are experienced in that field.”
“The Truck Driver Training course built my confidence and really prepared me well for a successful career in this field.”
“In my first semester at the U of I, I attained a GPA of 3.8. CLC did a great job of preparing me for classes at one of the top engineering schools in the world.”
“I chose CLC’s Small Business Development Center for guidance and help meeting people who have already gone through the process of starting a business. They are a great team of experts to have on my side.”
“I became the first community college student accepted as an intern at a newsroom in Erie, Penn., thanks to my experiences on The CLC Chronicle and working with Professor Kupetz. That first internship opened many doors for me.”
“I am currently working part-time as a paralegal while enrolled as a full-time student in Roosevelt University’s Paralegal Studies program. If I had not received the education I had from CLC, I would not have the part-time job.”
“What I like especially about the mechatronics classes is the hands-on learning and the helpful instructors who want you to succeed. We also went on field trips to companies, where we got a chance to see practical, real-world examples of ideas such as building and maintaining assembly lines.”
“CLC is super well-rounded and excels at pretty much everything it does. It's really cool to know that no matter what you want, you have a strong chance at success at CLC.”
“The course prepared me for a veterinary assistant job and the externship was a great part of the reason I felt prepared.”
“CLC is a melting pot; a microcosm of America. The students come from so many different backgrounds and contexts, that you learn almost as much from your classmates as you do from your courses.”
“Margie Porter, who is chair of the mechatronics technology program, understands the challenge of juggling a job, college courses and raising a family. She helps you build your self-confidence in learning the material.”
“One great part of CLC's hospitality and culinary management program is the opportunity to put together a portfolio of your work. It teaches you how to be organized and professional, and it's a great thing to carry into a job interview.”
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